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Audio, Photos From Bob Miller’s Statue Unveiling At Staples Center

Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller (left),the Voice of the Kings,
was honored with a statue unveiling at Staples Center
in Los Angeles on January 13, 2018.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

On January 13, the Los Angeles Kings honored legendary, retired play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, the Voice of the Kings, by unveiling a statue and raising a banner inside Staples Center in his honor.

Frozen Royalty published a story based on an exclusive interview with Miller on January 11, and was there on Saturday to get Miller’s reaction. You can listen to both interviews and see photographs of the statue unveiling below.

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Bob Miller On His Health, Retirement and Being Honored By The LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller (left),the Voice of the Kings, shown here with his wife, Judy (center) and Kings President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille, announced his retirement
at a press conference at Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 3, 2017.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — On January 13, the Los Angeles Kings will honor legendary, Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, who retired last April after 44 years behind the Kings’ microphone.

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Kings will unveil a statue of Miller in Staples Center’s Star Plaza, and a banner that will hang permanently with those of the Kings players who have had their jersey numbers retired.

But before all that, the most important question is: How is Miller doing, in terms of his health?

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Sloppy, Careless Play Is “Definitely A Huge Concern” For LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after coming from ahead to drop a 4-3 decision to the Calgary Flames on January 4 in Calgary, the Los Angeles Kings went over their performance, especially their poor second period, during meetings at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

“We weren’t very good in Calgary,” said head coach John Stevens. “That was one of our poorer games of the year, probably. I thought we got off to a good start, but we mismanaged the puck, didn’t match their level of urgency, and spent too much time in our zone. Even their third and fourth lines created a lot with their urgency.”

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For LA Kings Rookie Alex Iafallo, “It’s Wall Play”

Los Angeles Kings forward Alex Iafallo (center), shown here during a recent practice with
goaltender Jonathan Quick and defenseman Derek Forbort (right)
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After the Los Angeles Kings’ overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on December 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a reporter noted that rookie forward Alex Iafallo was not on the ice very much, and asked head coach John Stevens if Iafallo was hurt.

“He was not hurt,” said Stevens, very abruptly, and without elaboration.

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, to be sure.

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Vegas Golden Knights Start LA Kings On Critical Stretch vs. Western Conference

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Ever since 1967, when the National Hockey League held their first expansion draft, growing from their Original Six teams to twelve, expansion teams have been forced to select players from each NHL team who were, generally speaking, not very skilled. That meant the expansion teams would struggle for, at least, a few seasons, if not far longer, just to become a winning team, let alone a playoff team or a Stanley Cup contender.

That remained true through 2000, when the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild entered the league. They struggled just to be relevant for years.

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